During the filming of The Alaskan Way a great tragedy occurred that nearly kept the film from ever being made and distributed. Â Alaska Heliskiing Heli ski guide and avalanche forecaster Rob Liberman and client Nick DoDov perished in an avalanche on 3/13/12. Â This film's purpose is to expose viewers to the circumstances discovered by a team of professional heli ski guides operating in the consequential environment of big mountain Alaskan terrain. Â Despite extensive training to ensure safety in the mountains the guides met a situation where all efforts still resulted in the loss of two lives and one lesson learned: The best can still have a bad day. Viewers of the film can support avalanche awareness and education with a donation of $5 or more to the tip jar feature on the videos webpage. 10% of profits will be donated to Avalanche Education initiatives chosen by The Alaskan Way TV LLC including AIARE, The Nickolay Dodov foundation and The San Juan Field school in Telluride, Co. Please help us remember Rob Liberman, Nick Dodov and the valliant efforts of thier colleagues and friends. Please introduce your friends, families and fellow powder skiers to the lifestyle that for a brief moment in time was captured and asks viewers to weigh the decisions made when committing to the pursuit of deep passion for deep powder.
Typically this post gets revived every Jan/Feb. Been that way since BD started using stainless crampons back in the Fall of 2010. This year the warning comes a little earlier. Typical email...for a stainless failure.
today we were climbing high above Thun, Switzerland on the Stockhorn. A limestone peak with a small northface - and a cabin that brings you up&down, Chamonix-Style :)
My friend used a crampon from black-diamond. While seconding one pitch, I found a piece of steel, that reminded me on crampons... it was half of his front-part! fortunately he didnt fell and the wall wasnt really steep.
as I remember that you wrote about bd-crampons breaking I thought I let you know about it, two pictures are attached.
thanks for your blog & all the best Tinu"
Personally?I am still amazed no one has been killed.
In the 40 plus years I have been water fall climbing I have seen all sorts of stuff break. I have not seen anything break like stainless crampons...including the original Chouinard rigids. I am sure the Internet helps bring this kind of situation to light and to the for front again and again. But still...I have never seen anything like it going on year after year, starting in 2010 and going on into almost 2014 now.
You all be careful out there!
More here on previous failures. They are common enough that typically I simply don't bother reporting them anymore.
I saved what I think is one of the best AT boots for one of my last boot reviews of the up coming winter and new ski season. This last flurry of boot reviews has been my attempt at a "buyer's guide" for the best of the current AT boots. I'll do at least one follow up on the Spectra, my stripped and lwt TLT 6 and a full review of the Dynafit PDG a bit later after more time on all of them. But this is my last full size AT boot review. Tracy has her own review coming mid winter on ONE boot as well. Her story of a newbie to AT boots should be interesting for anyone contemplating switching full time to tech bindings and AT boots for lift and side country skiing.